COMBER TO NEWCASTLE GREENWAY
“Mountains of Mourne Greenway”
Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea could be host to a greenway linking Newcastle up through the historic town of Downpatrick – with its working heritage railway – and on to Comber and the existing greenway link into Belfast.
|Location||2026 to 2040|
|Title||Belfast and County Down Railway|
|Councils||Ards and North Down Borough Council|
|Newry and Mourne District Council|
Article: Mountains of Mourne Greenway (October 2014)
“The first flourish of railway development in Ireland 150 years ago helped to establish towns like Newcastle into prime seaside tourist locations. While Bangor and Portrush still benefit from active railway links, Newcastle lost its rail connection in the 1950s.
The time is right to build a greenway sweeping all the way from Belfast to the Mourne Mountains – a signature tourism project which will promote the best we have to offer to the world, and drive significant economic redevelopment in this part of the country.”
June 2016: NMDC applies to Stage 1 of the DfI Small Grants Programme for Greenways competition
EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROUTE
GREENWAY PROJECTS WHICH INTERSECT
A 6km branch off the main Belfast to Newcastle railway line, this could be an important active travel link into Ballynahinch.
A 35km route along the Great Northern Railway line between Banbridge, Castlewellan and the coastal town of Newcastle.
A popular 11km route developed by Sustrans along the old Belfast to Comber railway line opened in 2008 – the original Northern Ireland greenway.
A proposed 9km route between Comber and Newtownards using a combination of railway alignment, roads and coastal defence walls.
Successful greenway projects are driven by the passion of local people. If you have an update to share, a story to tell about the history of the route or future of the Comber to Newcastle Greenway, or if you want to submit a picture or video to this page, please get in contact.